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Newcomer to seek seat

Politics: Self-described ‘moderate Republican’ announces intent to run for City Council

Posted: November 25, 2011 9:23 p.m.
Updated: November 25, 2011 9:23 p.m.
 


Jon Hatami, the latest contender for a seat on the Santa Clarita City Council, considers himself a moderate Republican who thinks outside the box.

The 41-year-old deputy district attorney says he knows Santa Clarita and knows about local crime.

Recently, he prosecuted two drug cartel heroin importers.

On the issue of drugs and particularly heroin, he said: “This is something affecting Santa Clarita and affecting Santa Clarita kids.”

Calling heroin a “death product,” Hatami said he would like to see greater education about drugs at the high school level.

“Heroin and (methamphetamine) destroy people,” he said. “We have to do everything we can to talk to the kids about drug issues, about gang issues, so that they can identify these things at school when they come across them.”

On the issue of immigration, Hatami’s lines are clearly defined.

“If you’re somebody who has lived here for 25 years, contributing to society, and you’re not a criminal, you work hard, you have children — then I’m not for grabbing them and kicking them out of the country,” he said.

“If you’re illegally here and you’re committing crimes, I want you out,” he added.

According to a biography posted online, Hatami, a graduate of Canyon High School, has lived in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1983.

Following his service in the Army from 1989 to 1996, Hatami received an honorable discharge, his biography states.

A self-proclaimed Freemason and member of the Pi Kappa Alpha college fraternity, he holds a degree in criminal justice from Monterey Peninsula College.

Born in New York City, Hatami describes himself as a Christian Republican who has passed the state Bar exams in Nebraska, California, New York and New Jersey.

His campaign has been largely online so far. One of his most recent postings at his Facebook page, Elect Jon Hatami, reads:

“I try and think outside the box. I also just try and tell it how I see it. I make no claim that I can change state law, or have direct influence on national politics.

“But, if given the chance, I will do my best to make a positive impact.”

The Santa Clarita City Council is made up of five members who are elected at-large to serve four-year terms.

The city, incorporated in 1987, conducts its City Council election in April of every even-numbered year.

Council members serve four-year terms; incumbents Laurie Ender and Bob Kellar have said they are seeking reelection to the two seats that are up for a vote in April 2012.

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